Princeton students were among nearly 100 demonstrators gathered in Hinds Plaza March 15 as part of a national day of events to press for political action to fight climate change. Protesters collected petition signatures and wrote letters urging Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to support the Green New Deal.
“We thought this was too important a day to pass up,” said Lisa Sheridan ’19, one of the event organizers. “We really wanted to be part of it. Today is a kind of changing of the tide in terms of youth are taking power to combat climate change. We recognize the urgency of what we’re doing.”
Organizers of the protest called for “a strike” during the day; students who were unable to skip class were encouraged to wear green, start conversations about climate change, and participate in sustainable volunteer activities.
The demonstration was supported by two campus organizations, the Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition and Princeton Conservation Society, and two non-University groups, Mercer County Climate Action Strike and Princeton High School Democrats in Action.